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With Crysis, they're not just system requirements, they're system demands

Crysis will be the landmark game this year for hardcore PC gamers to prove that their platform of choice is technically superior to the newest consoles. Of course, the required hardware to run Crysis costs far more than a $400 console, but that’s always been the case with the cutting edge of PC gaming.

After months of guess work surrounding the system requirements of Crysis, the official specifications were released today. Gamers running Windows Vista will need slightly faster systems with more memory than those still using Windows XP.

Minimum System Requirements
OS Windows XP or Windows Vista
Processor 2.8 GHz or faster (XP) or 3.2 GHz or faster (Vista)
Memory 1.0 GB RAM (XP) or 1.5 GB RAM (Vista)
Video Card 256 MB
Hard Drive 12GB
Sound Card DirectX 9.0c compatible

Supported Processors:
Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista) or faster
Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista) or faster
AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or faster.

Supported Video Cards:
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Radeon X800 Pro for Vista) or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Integrated chipsets are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

Recommended System Requirements
OS Windows XP / Vista
Processor Intel Core 2 DUO @ 2.2GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
Memory 2.0 GB RAM
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS/640 or similar

Unfortunately, those with minimum spec machines can expect Crysis to look nothing like what they’ve seen so far in video and screenshots. Crytek’s CEO, Cevat Yerli, explained to GameSpot, “The quality of Crysis running on [minimum spec hardware] does equal the shading and texture quality of games that are about three years old, but with polygonal detail that is bigger then (sic) games from that same generation. The scaling happens in various areas, such as shading-quality, texture-resolution, shadows. View distance and interactivity are close to Far Cry.”

Yerli later added, “I am happy that we managed to scale down Crysis--which is on average 10 times more pushy than Far Cry--down to Far Cry specs. But Crysis is a high-end game that shall define what's now and in the future. Enjoy it as such as much as you can. It's like a concept car available and affordable now. I like also this quote somebody gave: "It's like a sexy blond girl with a PhD degree," upon which I said, "But with curly hair."”

Crysis is set to release to retail on November 16, with the playable demo available on October 26.

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By Flunk on 10/9/2007 9:20:45 PM , Rating: -1
If you read the requirements it basically states that laptops are not supported at all. Why would you create a game that most people cannot play at all? Hasn't Crytech thought of putting in a backup render pipeline for old cards? (Maybe even DX7)

It just seems like they don't want to sell this game, I am amazed the marketing guys didn't fry the programmers for this.

RE: Laptops
By Noya on 10/9/2007 10:29:21 PM , Rating: 3
DX7? Are you kidding me? A 7600gt can be had for $75 while an x1950pro can be had for as little as $120 (though DX9 cards are drying up). Maybe the 8800 320mb will drop down around $200 after rebate soon.

There are gaming laptops out there (but who games on a laptop anyway?), but they cost $2,000+.

RE: Laptops
By Bigginz on 10/10/2007 2:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
Many people bring a laptop to LAN parties. It is easier than lugging an ATX case and monitor to a friends house and then hooking up all the cables. Right now most laptops are limited to playing games that are more than 2 years old. Unless you have an Alienware, Voodoo, or Falcon Northwest laptop.

RE: Laptops
By rogard on 10/9/2007 11:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
I am sure, sooner or later there will be a cell phone and/or PocketPC version of this game. :-)

Seriously, you can't be talking about notebooks with integrated graphics, or can you? Since the beginning FPS are the most demanding games of all. You can't expect the visually most advanced game ever to run on a notebook with slow graphics. And if your notebook is 2000$ or more, it might be able to run it with reduced settings. Reduced does not necessarily mean crappy.

That notebook graphics are not supported means just that: Crytek are not promising that it'll work, and you get no support. Nonetheless, I see no reason why it shouldn't run on a decent DX9 chip in a notebook.

RE: Laptops
By sxr7171 on 10/10/2007 12:24:15 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah just what I needed, to play Crysis on the subway. Man, seriously why don't you just take your Xbox 360 and Plasma screen everywhere you go so you will never be without the latest games.

RE: Laptops
By probedb on 10/10/2007 6:23:43 AM , Rating: 2
Most people? Since when did most people have laptops? Especially gamers who are going to buy this in the first place?

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